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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Aug 16, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 16 to 21, 2012

A haunting read. The book in really in several sections. Henrietta's illness, the history and working of cells, what HeLa cells go through, and the story of the Lacks family. There is a fairly lengthy chapter at the end about the ethics of tissue ownership.
The lifestyle and ways of the entire Lacks family, including Henrietta, is a cultural journey. At some points one laughs outloud, at others, one feels their pain.
Skloot does a fantastic job of presenting facts from all sides of the story, all points of view, in a non biased way. She completely leaves judgement out of the entire book.
Interesting read. I am sure I speak for us all when I thank the Lack's all for what they have provided the world.

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